Danielle Tarr

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Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Rachel Carson Council’s Zoe Ackerman (10/27/17)

As more and more stories about the impacts of industrial agricultures make the news, it’s important for consumers to understand the issues about where their food comes from and why the process matters. To help make sense of it all, we sat down with Zoe Ackerman, associate program director for Rachel Carson Council (RCC).


MCAC’s evaluation of proposed pollution trading regulations (10/18/17)

On October 11, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) announced their intention to propose regulations that would establish a nutrient pollution trading program in the state. The program would enable buying and selling of nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment reduction credits. In theory, a buyer might purchase these pollution credits to offset a pollution

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Maryland Pesticide Education Network’s Ruth Berlin and Cleo Braver (9/20/17)

“Going organic” is a phrase that’s tossed around a lot these days, but it’s not always clear what that means or why it’s a good thing – for the planet, for farmers or for pollinators. We sat down with Ruth Berlin and Cleo Braver from the Maryland Pesticide Education Network (MPEN) to learn more

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Fair Farms’ Alicia LaPorte (8/28/17)

All month long, MCAC has been focusing on why we need a more sustainable agriculture system. With perfect timing, Alicia LaPorte joined our community working to create a resilient and equitable regional food system as Fair Farms’ new campaign manager. We sat down with her to discuss Fair Farms’ vision and why it’s so

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Chesapeake Legal Alliance’s Mary Clemmensen (7/21/17)

The Chesapeake Bay is on all of our minds with summertime in full swing. It’s a time to fish, swim, kayak, sail and enjoy the region’s natural beauty – but also a time to double down on our commitment to improve water quality. We recently caught up with Mary Clemmensen of the Chesapeake Legal

When there’s too much manure, move it (7/20/17)

Manure is a fact of life on a farm. It’s also a natural fertilizer that helps farmers grow their crops. But when spreading manure causes the land to become oversaturated with nutrients, these nutrients can enter local waterways. True enough, nitrogen and phosphorus running off from farms are key pollutants of the Chesapeake Bay

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and Oakland View Farms showcase winning conservation strategies (7/18/17)

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, one of MCAC’s partner groups, and Oakland View Farms in Ridgley, MD were recently honored for their partnership to clean up local waterways, winning the national Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships award presented by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Beginning in 2010, MRC and Oakland View Farms partnered to design and

What’s going on with transparency? (6/30/17)

Transparency and accountability have been priorities of the Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition since its inception. As government, industry and communities work together to reduce pollution, we must be able to see what is working – and what isn’t. Data and information is key to that effort.

In 2014, MCAC helped launch Marylanders for Open Government

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Center for Progressive Reform’s Evan Isaacson (6/27/17)

All month long, MCAC has been highlighting the Bay cleanup plan, also known as the Bay TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load), in order to keep track of the progress that is, or isn’t, happening within the Bay watershed to reduce pollution. We recently chatted with Evan Isaacson, policy analyst at the Center for Progressive

Healthy farms – and the climate – need healthy soils (6/2/17)

For those who don’t spend a lot of time on farms, it’s easy to think of soil as simply dirt. But it’s much more than that. Fertile, healthy soil is made up of nutrients, micro-organisms, minerals and other organic material – all of which are vital to grow the food we all need. Healthy